12/26/2009 By Bryan Wallace
Top talent from the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) will compete in the US Youth Soccer ODP Super Group at Disney's Soccer Showcase presented by the Chelsea Football Club in Orlando, Fla., from December 27-30, 2009.
The region 4 ODP team will include 2 United FC standouts in U17 Premier team players in center back Eric Mackie and play maker Steve Palacios. Both players depart today for the four-day event.
The showcase event will be played at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex and is among the top recruiting tournaments in the country. This year, the showcase will play host to over 480 boys' and girls' teams along with the eight Super Group teams and more than 800 collegiate coaches.
US Youth Soccer ODP is known as the premier identification and development program for the nation's youth seeking the opportunity to compete at the national, professional and collegiate levels of play. US Youth Soccer ODP is the original Olympic development program and the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer as well as a majority of current and past national and youth team members, as alumni.
US Youth Soccer ODP players participating at the US Youth Soccer ODP Super Group at Disney's Soccer Showcase have been selected through a series of trials at their local, US Youth Soccer State Association, and then US Youth Soccer regional levels.